German winemakers are set for a strong year, according to the chief of one of the country's wine associations. The favourable weather and increased demand for red wines suggest a good year financially for the country's premium wine producers, Michael Prinz zu Salm-Salm, president of the country's top wine estates VDP said yesterday (13 October).

Last year's heat wave has reduced the level of acid in German grapes, which has remained stable due to the appropriate weather this year, Prinz said. The quality of German wines is subsequently similar to that of wines in southern Europe, he added.

The demand for traditional German white wines such as Riesling and Silvaner was once again strong as is the demand for red German wines, mainly burgundy.

The VDP currently includes some 200 vine growers who generate around 4% of the country's production of wine and products derived from wine.